The reasons why you should never use varnish on teak furniture is that it will peel, blister, and turn yellowish in color. The VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) have been lowered in many states to almost zero because of air pollution restrictions. This is a key factor to the longevity of a product. Compared to teak trim on a boat, outdoor teak furniture is pretty intricate. There are vertical and horizontal surfaces along with slats and carvings to deal with. Imagine applying varnish to 30 intricate pieces of teak furniture and it starts to blister and peel. It would take a great deal of time, energy, and money to fix the problem. Another reason not to use varnish is that it is not easy to apply on intricate teak furniture. Varnish is thick and sticky and will need to be reduced to be applied by a brush. The dry time is usually 24 hours or more depending on the climate and thickness of application and needs many coats for maximum protection according to most manufacturers. Varnish is a glossy finish even in matte and is usually not a desired aesthetic in modern design. One may say it gives the furniture the “Ikea” look. Another option is to spray the varnish which needs to be done by a professional finisher and is expensive.
Teak Master is a California based company that offers a wide range services to care for and provide information about maintaining outdoor teak furniture. They have a very informative website that will guide you through the process of teak restoration or performing teak restoration laguna beach. They also provide free information on how to seal and maintain your teak furniture yourself. Weather you seal your teak furniture yourself or have it sealed professionally please enjoy it without becoming a “teak slave”.